Millions of animals are used in scientific and medical research, including mice, rats,
rabbits, primates, cats, dogs and other animals. They are locked inside cold barren cages in
laboratories across the country. Unfortunately all they can do is sit and wait in fear of the next
terrifying and painful procedures that will be performed on them. More than 100 million animals
every year suffer and dies in cruel chemical, drug, food and cosmetic tests, and curiosity-driven
medical experiments (PETA). The Federal government and many health charities waste
precious dollars from tax payers and generous donors on cruel and misleading experiments, even
if a product harms animals, it can still be marketed to you. There is a growing movement of
healthcare professionals including doctors, scientists, and educated members of the public who
are opposed to non-human animal-based experimentation on specifically medical and scientific
grounds. They argue that animal research is based on a false premise, that results obtained
through animal experimentation can be applied to the human body (Whitecoatwelfare).
To test cosmetics, household cleaners, and other consumer products, hundreds of
thousands of animals are poisoned, blinded, and killed by cruel corporations. Mice and rats are
force-fed pesticides, and rabbits have corrosive chemicals rubbed into their skin and eyes. U.S.
law allows animals to be burned, shocked, poisoned, isolated, starved, drowned, addicted to
drugs, and brain-damaged. No experiment, no matter how painful or trivial, is prohibited and
pain-killers are not required. Even when alternatives to the use of animals are available, the law
does not require that they be used and often they are not. Animals are infected with diseases that
they would never normally contract, tiny mice grow tumors as large as their own bodies, kittens
are purposely blinded, rats are made to suffer seizures, and primates' skulls are cut open and
electrodes are implanted in them. Experimenters force-feed chemicals to animals, conduct
repeated surgeries on them, implant wires in their brains, crush their spines, and much more.
Many of these tests are not even required by law and they produce inaccurate results
(PETA).The side against the animal test proclaims that the main reason for conducting
animal tests is to earn profit at the expense of animals and avoiding lawsuits from unsatisfied
consumers. Animal rights activists believe that animals have as an equal right to life as that of
human beings, they also propose that alternatives available to animal experimentation such as
computer and mathematical models be employed that can replace animal experiments without
abusing animals (Buzzle).
Research reveals that only five to twenty five percent of the animal
tests and human results are agreeable. Most drugs passed by animal tests are now discarded as
useless to humans, then why test in the first place? (Buzzle). The conditions under which the
animals are subjected to human experimentation have caused tumors in rodents, while the animal
tests results were declared to be of little relevance for humans. It is interesting to note that
eighty-three percent of substances are metabolized differently by animals and humans. Most
medical experts agree that data from animal tests cannot be extrapolated safely to human
patients. Genetically modified animals cannot be models for humans illness. In fact, eighty-eight
percent of still-births on record are caused by drugs that are passed as “safe” in animal tests
The most famous example of the dangers of animal testing is the Thalidomide tragedy
of the 1960s and 1970s. Thalidomide, which came out of the German market late in the...